Niantic's next project will be set in the Harry Potter universe, the mobile developer announced today.
Like their previous games, Ingress and Pokemon GO, the newly-announced Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use AR to pair gaming with the real world.
Niantic CEO John Hanke promised big things in an introductory blog post, "With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players that have been dreaming of becoming real life Wizards will finally get the chance to experience J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies."
Presumably you will be sorted into your appropriate houses as well. Team Hufflepuff here, by the way.
Niantic first burst into the mainstream consciousness in 2016 with Pokemon GO, igniting a craze that briefly took over the entire country (and indeed the world). They use Augmented Reality to overlay graphics on real-world locations, encouraging players to walk their neighborhood to reveal new secrets.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be their chance to fix some of the problems that have dogged Pokemon Go from its inception, including rural areas being at an inherent disadvantage compared to their urban counterparts. Hopefully it'll be a little less buggy as well.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is being published under the Warner Bros. Portkey label. More information will be released in early 2018.
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